Kevin Durant Twitter Account Posts Tweet Criticizing Billy Donovan, Thunder

Andrew Gould@AndrewGould4Featured ColumnistSeptember 18, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 28:  Head coach Billy Donovan of the Oklahoma City Thunder talks with Kevin Durant #35 during the first half in game six of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake
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After claiming his first NBA championship, Kevin Durant decided to stop suffering fools on social media. It appears he might have taken a misstep in his Twitter crusade.

Late Sunday night, Twitter user @ColeCashwell asked the newly minted NBA Finals MVP to "give me one legitimate reason for leaving" the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors.

NOT KD @ColeCashwell

@KDTrey5 man I respect the hell outta you but give me one legitimate reason for leaving okc other than getting a championship

Per screenshots of since-deleted tweets, per @harrisonmc15, Durant's account responded with a third-person reply blaming head coach Billy Donovan and a lackluster roster beyond him and Russell Westbrook.

idk @harrisonmc15

KD has secret accounts that he uses to defend himself and forgot to switch to them when he was replying to this guy I'm actually speechless https://t.co/9245gnpa3c

The poster hypothesized that Durant meant to defend himself using a different account. It's also possible someone on his social media staff thought they were tweeting from a personal page. Or someone fabricated the retorts as a joke that developed a life of its own.

Have no fear, for Reddit detectives are on the case. As laid out by SB Nation's Tim Cato, forum users uncovered what appears to be Durant's private Instagram account.

Tim Cato @tim_cato

so @NBA_Reddit found Kevin Durant's private instagram https://t.co/7MMeNual1u https://t.co/jAdRbxQny2

Tim Cato @tim_cato

@NBA_Reddit it's followed by Draymond, Andre Roberson, Big Sean, a couple other close friends https://t.co/lMynYfK3pn

Tim Cato @tim_cato

his brother has tagged that account as him https://t.co/Vq7eetsPO3

Tim Cato @tim_cato

I googled "quiresultan" and they're streets right next to each other in ... capitol heights, maryland, where KD grew up https://t.co/Mur3eh2hyW

Why is any of this relevant? Cato also showed that account arguing in the comments section of posts related to Durant. [Warning: NSFW]

Tim Cato @tim_cato

and yes, if this is KD's secret instagram, he has argued at people with it. (the "quiresultan" user name is supposedly him.) https://t.co/3cYEVf788e

Durant intentionally blasting Donovan and a Thunder team that "was just him and Russ" on a public platform in the third person seems like the least plausible explanation.